Suphanburi tentatively moved to the top of the Thai Premier League on Saturday evening after recording a 3-1 win over Saraburi at the Saraburi Stadium.
The War Elephants broke the deadlock seven minutes before halftime when Jakkapan Pornsai found space down the right, and proceeded to unleash a powerful drive that took a wicked deflection off Tinnakorn Asurin and looped over a hapless Pisan Dorkmaikaew.
However, Saraburi pulled level in similar fashion in the 64th minute; Tanongsak Promdard latching onto Bernard Henri’s layoff and benefitting from Nattaphong Samana’s inadvertent touch to find the bottom corner.
But eight minutes later, the visitors reclaimed the lead through a fine individual effort from Jakkapan as he carved open the opposition defence with a scintillating burst of pace, before calmly finishing into the back of the net.
And with 15 minutes remaining, Jakkapan then turned provider as he played a slide-rule pass to release Andre Luis, who made no mistake in slotting through Pisan’s legs to seal the win for the visitors.
Over at the Leo Stadium, there was no separating Bangkok Glass and Muangthong United as they played out a 0-0 draw in what proved to be an entertaining encounter.
Both sides had their fair share of chances but it was the Twin Qilins who came closest when Piyaphon Phanichakul’s long throw bounced over Narit Taweekul and crossed the line before being cleared.
Thinking that someone had gotten a touch onto the ball, the referee initially awarded the goal but – following some heated protests by the Glass Rabbits – overturned his decision.
Although they ultimately did enough to earn a share of the spoils, the hosts did finish the game with ten men after captain Peerapong Pichitchotirat was sent off in the final minute for a second bookable offence.
Meanwhile, BEC Tero Sasana finally got their first win of the campaign at the third time of asking after beating Port 2-0 at the 72-years Anniversary Stadium.
The Fire Dragons opened the scoring after 11 minutes when Chitchanok Xaysensourinthone beat the offside trap and poked the ball past the onrushing Worawut Kaewpook, leaving himself with the simplest of finishes.
Five minutes before the break, a horrible gaffe from Worawut saw him come out to the edge of the box to deal with a back-pass but he completely missed his attempted clearance, allowing Adisak Kraisorn to stroll through and slot into the unguarded goal to wrap up the three points for BEC Tero.
In Saturday’s final game, Chainat also won for the first time in 2015 after recording a 2-1 victory over Chiangrai United at the Chainat Stadium.
Brazilian striker Alex put the hosts in front after only five minutes, when he lined up a freekick on the edge of the box and curled a lovely effort into the top corner.
Seven minutes later, Chainat doubled their tally as Surachet Ngamtip did well to burst down the left and hit the byline before cutting the ball back to Laksana Kamruen, who smashed a first-time effort into the roof of the net.
Chiangrai did reduce the deficit in the 20th minute after a Phichitphong Choeichiu freekick from the left sailed over a sea of players before finding its way over the line.
Nonetheless, the visitors were just unable to find an equaliser and ultimately fell to their second defeat in as many games.
Saturday’s Thai Premier League Results
Chainat 2-1 Chiangrai United
Saraburi 1-3 Suphanburi
Bangkok Glass 0-0 Muangthong United
BEC Tero Sasana 2-0 Port